GREENWICH — Trailing at the half for the first time all year, the Darien lacrosse team knew that it needed a change in mentality.

After a flat first half led to a deficit at the break, the Blue Wave opened the third with three-straight goals from Logan McGovern, Blake Sommi and Finlay Collins before going on to defeat Greenwich 12-8 on the road Saturday.

“We came out flat a little bit, the message was just to pick it up,” McGovern (two goals, four assists) said of the halftime adjustment. “We have a whole other half, we’ve scored a lot of goals in one half so we knew we could come back, we just had to stick to our game plan and get the intensity up and it paid off.”

Darien — which is the top team in the country according to the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse rankings — outscored the Cardinals 10-3 in the second half and 5-0 in the fourth quarter alone.

Kevin Lindley led the way for Darien (15-0, 11-0 FCIAC) with four goals while Collins and Riley Stewart each had two. Brian Minicus and Sommi had one a piece for the Wave.

“They’re kids, it’s all momentum,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. “Greenwich got momentum going with some nice plays by (Jack Feda) early that were just great plays…then we started making plays on the offensive side of the ball and defense and at the faceoff X.”

Greenwich (10-5, 9-2) got off to its hot start behind the play of Feda, who had five goals in the contest. Bailey Savio was dominant at the faceoff X, winning 13 in 17 tries, and Andrew Triscari made 12 saves in the contest.

“We went into it thinking that we can play well against them,” Cardinals coach Bobby Lutz said. “A lot of this comes down to not being intimidated and having the confidence to go against the best team in the country. We had a pretty good game plan, then we had a couple good practices leading up to it.

“We made a couple mistakes here and there, but overall we played the way we wanted to play — they just keep coming at you.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Logan McGovern, Darien. The junior attack registered two goals and four assists in the contest. Darien was at its best when McGovern was able to orchestrate the offense from behind the net.

“There was a lot of off-ball movement like always,” McGovern said. “And some good catches and finishes by the other guys. My job was to just put it on their stick and they finished.”

DEJA VU

It’s been almost two years to the day since Darien last loss. That came 46 games ago against none other than Greenwich back in 2015 after a 12-11 overtime win by the Cardinals. Midway through the contest, Darien coach Jeff Brameier was having flashbacks.

“There’s no question that Greenwich is big a rival for us,” Brameier said. “We’ve been on this field and it was our last loss two years ago…I think the kids are cognizant of the fact that our undefeated season was on the line and our goal of trying to be No. 1 in the country was on the line.”

CARDS LAX FOR VETERANS

During Saturday’s contest, each Greenwich player wore t-shirts showing support for veterans. At halftime, the captains presented the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, located in the Bronx, with a donation from the Cardinal Lacrosse Booster Fund.

Cardinal players have spent several Saturdays this season volunteering at the VA hospital and invited the veterans to Saturday’s game.

“It’s important when playing a high school sport to look at the bigger picture,” Lutz said. “We talked a lot about making sacrifices and what that means to your team and how people do that for their country. That tied into the veterans and the bigger picture of what it means to be a team on a larger scale, so it was nice for the boys to rally around that cause.”

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DARIEN 12, GREENWICH 8

DARIEN 0 2 5 5—12

GREENWICH 3 2 3 0—8

Records: Darien 15-0, 11-0 FCIAC; Greenwich 10-5, 9-2. Scoring: D—Logan McGovern 2 goals 4 assists, Kevin Lindley 4g 1a, Finlay Collins 2g, Riley Stewart 2g 1a, Brian Minicus 1g, Blake Sommi 1g; G— Jack Feda 5g, Jack O’Connor 2g, Matt Baugher 1g, Addison Muir 2a. Goalies: D—Ryan Cornell (9 saves); G— Andrew Triscari (12). D—21; G—14.